Geschichte des modernen Ungarn

This course examines the history of modern Hungary from the outbreak of the First World War to the present. It analyses the main political events and social and cultural developments in a wider East Central European and continental context. In this course, we will discuss such important and controversial issues as: Hungary’s role and participation in the First World War; revolutions and counterrevolutions between 1918 and 1920; the Treaty of Trianon and its short- and long-term consequences; the nature of the Horthy regime; Hungarian participation in WWII on the side of Nazi Germany; Hungarian role in and responsibility for the genocide of Hungarian Jews; and the Communist takeover of power and the creation of the totalitarian state; gulyás Communism and liberalization in the 1960s and 1970s; political dissent and resistance; the collapse of the one-party state in 1989. Students will debate if Hungary witnessed a revolution/counterrevolution or a rebellion in October 1956; whether the Kádár regime and “gulyás Communism” represented a betrayal of Communism or its fulfillment; if the regime delivered on its promise to modernize Hungary or it led the country into an economic, cultural and political cul-de-sac; if the country experienced a revolution in 1989. Finally, we will examine social and political development after 1990: the successes and failures of regime change and the rise of “illiberal democracy” after 2010.


Dienstags, 14 Uhr c.t. - 16 Uhr

Erste Sitzung:

Letzte Sitzung:

Hörsaal XII


  • Door, Rochus: Neueste Geschichte Ungarns: Von 1917 Bis Zur Gegenwart. Berlin 1981.
  • Hegedüs; Wilke: Satelliten Nach Stalins Tod: Der "Neue Kurs", 17. Juni 1953 in Der DDR, Ungarische Revolution 1956. Berlin 2000.
  • Horn, Gyula: Freiheit, Die Ich Meine: Erinnerungen Des Ungarischen Außenministers, Der Den Eisernen Vorhang öffnete. Hamburg 1991.
  • Molnár, Miklós: Geschichte Ungarns: Von Den Anfängen Bis Zur Gegenwart. Hamburg 1999.
  • Oplatka, Andreas: Der Eiserne Vorhang Reisst: Ungarn Als Wegbereiter. Zürich 1990.

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